Museums Creating Virtual Tours
Almost like being there in person
Many museums around the world have closed down and started offering virtual tours due to COVID-19. This virus has locked many major cities down and forced everyone to stay home and social distance. Various places around the world are creating virtual ways for people to enter historical sites and buildings.
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has officially created eight virtual tours for guests to see. Many museums are going online, allowing people to see artifacts and walk through exhibits through the web. They can give accurate photographs that can be viewed in every angle with the help of 3D laser scanning.
Slowly we are opening back up. However, one of the biggest hopes is that these museums will gain a lot of traction through virtual tours. It allows so many people to view their exhibits and entice the guests to come in to view the rest in person. When we are open and running again, these virtual tours may allow people all over the world to see them after the pandemic is over.
Benefits of using 3D laser scanning with museums
3D laser scanning allows consumers to see millions of artifacts in less than a few minutes. Museums all around the world have started adopting this technology even before the outbreak. There are so many reasons this technology is excellent for museums.
- Noninvasive- This technology allows researchers to thoroughly scan an ancient artifact without having to touch it. 3D laser scanning can come in the form of a handheld device that uses lasers to create digital points on an object that it scans. All someone has to do is walk around an object and get every side.
- Easy- 3D laser scanning is simple and straightforward to use. There is no super hard work required making it something any team member can do.
- Fast- This technology is insanely fast. Some of these tools can take thousands of pictures per second. It collects all of the smallest details in under a few moments.
- Accessibility- Another reason 3D laser scanning is phenomenal is that it is becoming easier to acquire. It is no longer for specialized fields or jobs, but anyone can access these tools. One other thing is, whatever the tools scan is saved and then can be uploaded to a website. Viewers all over the world have access to the artifacts that they would not usually be able to view.
- Saving- 3D laser scanning uploads all of its data to the cloud. This is saved forever and can never be erased.
- Interaction- After an artifact is scanned, it can be uploaded to a website for people to view. The best part about this equipment is it allows someone to view it from every angle and go in-depth. Guests who visit virtually will be able to inspect an artifact closer than they ever would at the museum.
3D laser scanning is a beautiful tool for museums and allows a world of opportunity. The guests can learn different things on a deeper level. Many museums were hesitant about adopting this technology, but truly helping preserve and share history around the world. This is the next step to keeping our museums funded and keeping our history alive.